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Job Opportunity: Grassland Butterfly Research Technician (North Dakota)

Field technician to assist in data collection on a grassland butterfly research project (40hrs/week). The study objectives include developing abundance and occupancy estimates for grassland dependent butterflies in the Northern Great Plains. Data collection will include butterfly surveying and identification, … Continue reading

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What is the Birthplace for Most North American Monarch Butterflies?

Hint:  It isn’t, and appears never to have been, the Midwestern breadbasket.  Throwing a real wrench in the prevailing notion that “saving” the Monarch in the US prairie belt is somehow tied to the species’ — or the migration’s — … Continue reading

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Planning for 2017

Once again, for 2017 I’ll be attempting to compile here a mid-Atlantic-wide calendar of counts, field trips, walks, and other lep-related field activities for the 2016 flight season.  Thanks a million to many of you for your past help, both … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week Beginning 2016 Aug 20

Finally we’re getting some southern migrants in numbers this week, partly driven I suspect by better nectar availability since the drought broke and partly from favorable wind and weather patterns across the east coast. Of particular note this week have … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2016 July 9

 The high temperatures put a damper on a lot of field work this last week, to say nothing of keeping a lot butterflies out of the extreme heat, but a few new butterflies showed up nonetheless, many of them on … Continue reading

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Don’t Save the Monarchs — Please!

While I did not pick the headline, and certainly don’t advocate that Monarch butterflies be ignored (any more than any other butterfly species), this op-ed in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun really does reflect how I think our rhetoric about the imminent … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for 2016 June 25-July 1

The big news this week is the continuing build-up of Satyrium hairstreaks, including wide-ranging reports of Coral Hairstreak. In addition to Coral Hairstreak reports throughout MD (including one probably county record from Caroline Co.), good numbers of Banded and Striped … Continue reading

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